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Alton Pancras, Dorset

Historical Description

Alton-Pancras or Alton St Pancras, a parish in Dorset. It lies in a fertile and well-wooded valley under the downs, 2½ miles NE of Cerne-Abbas, and 9 from Dorchester on the G.W.R. and L. & S.W.R. Post town, Cerne under Dorchester. Acreage, 2280; population, 229. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £200. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury. the church has been rebuilt.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Ecclesiastical parishAlton-Pancras St. Pancratius 
LibertyAlton Pancras 
Poor Law unionCerne1835 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtCerne 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1673. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by and made available on their site (subscription required).

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Alton Pancras, 1674-1812 is online


Church of England

St. Pancras (parish church)

The parish church of St Pancras, rebuilt in 1875 from the designs of Mr. Crickmay, of Weymouth, is a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing 4 bells: there are 150 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Alton Pancras was in Cerne Registration District from 1837 to 1838, Dorchester Registration District from 1838 to 1949, and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Alton Pancras from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.


Online maps of Alton Pancras are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester